The long-hunted al-Qaeda leader and chief architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States was killed by U.S. forces May 1 in a surgical raid.
May 2, 2011 Part of a damaged military helicopter lies near the Osama bin Laden compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, after U.S. Navy SEAL commandos killed the al-Qaeda leader and mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The helicopter was destroyed after what U.S. officials described as a "mechanical failure." Photo was taken by an unnamed Pakistani security official. Reuters Buy Photo